an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular payment without means testing or requiring them to work for it has backers as disparate as Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, Caroline Lucas and Richard Branson. Ed Miliband chose the concept to launch his ideas podcast Reasons to be Cheerful in the autumn.I wonder: If universal basic income were presented to trickle-down robbers and other one-percenters, would there be a collective case of cardiac arrest and send the likes of Donald Trump to a long-term rehab facility and hence obviate the need for impeachment or euthanasia?
But it is in Scotland that four councils face the task of turning basic income from a utopian fantasy to contemporary reality as they build the first pilot schemes in the UK, with the support of a £250,000 grant announced by the Scottish government last month and the explicit support of Nicola Sturgeon.
One of the hardest things to realize, I think, is that human beings are not very good about the opportunity or stick-to-itiveness to be lazy. They haven't got the requisite imagination. And into that mix there is the satisfaction that is derived from work ... but not from laziness. The idea that anyone prefers laziness ... well, in serious discussion, I doubt it. How many lottery winners have either committed suicide or fallen onto discombobulated times in the wake of their winnings?